These flowers are not really that difficult to make, but it does take practice. Keep trying until you achieve the look you are going for.
The first thing you need to do is make your patterns (see above picture on the left). Cut 5 different sizes of circles out of card stock. The biggest circle is 6 1/2 in. The next one is 5 1/2 in. The next is 4 1/2. Then 4 in, and the smallest is 3 in. I found different lids around the house and used them to make perfect circles.
The fabric needs to be something synthetic because you are going to use the heat of a flame to crinkle the edges. Natural fabrics will just burn and not give that petal look.
I use old wedding dresses, old prom dresses, satin, tulle, lace, ect. Pin the template circles to your fabric and cut out. For a full flower, you will need two circles of each size. You can do all one color or mix it up. It's up to you.
Now begins the fun part. Now I must warn you, this project involves fire and can be dangerous. Do this project with extreme caution and always keep a bowl of water near by in case you need it!
If you want a flatter flower, then leave the circle as is and start to singe the edges. If you want a fluffier flower then cut slits in the circle. I normally do about 8 cuts for the larger circles and 4-6 on the smaller circles.
Now you just carefully hold the edge of the circle over the flame of the candle. (The candle in the photos is not lit because I couldn't take the picture and watch the fire at the same time. You'll want to light yours.) Don't let the fabric touch the flame. You only want the heat to curl the edge. It will catch on fire if you get too close. If it does, just blow it out quickly. Having the edges singed a bit is part of the look.
The edges of your circle will curl up like magic and be all frilly and pretty. Keep doing this until you have all of your circles finished.
If you are making a flower with slits in the sides, then you will want to singe each petal separately so you get in the slits. This takes a little longer, but makes a whole different look. Pinch each petal and hold over the flame (see photo above).
Then you start stacking the circles on top of each other. Sew the circles together and add your button or pearls. If you are using a brooch, you can hot glue it on after you have sewn the flower together.
Now you know how to make fabric flowers! There are several things you can do with your fabric flowers. If you are wanting cheap wedding flower ideas, then this is a good one. You can add a stem really easy and make fabric flower arrangements.
For the stem you'll need florist wire, florist tape, white felt, and hot glue.
Cut two small circles out of the white felt. Cut a small slit in one of them. Double your wire and twist to make it sturdier. Curl the top of the wire into a circle. Slide the wire down into the felt circle so the circle sits on top. Glue the other felt circle onto the wire. Then glue this onto the back of your flower. Now wrap you wire with floral tape.
Some other ideas for fabric flowers are...
- Bridal bouquets
- Bridesmaid's bouquets
- Wedding centerpieces
- How to make fabric flower girl hair accessory (glue onto a headband or a hair clip)
- How to make fabric flower hair clip (hot glue a hair clip onto the back)
- Flower arrangement for your home or classroom
- Magnet (hot glue a magnet onto the back)
- Scrapbook flowers
- And so many more!
Here are some pictures of different fabric flowers...
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